The Marimurtra Botanical Garden received 70,807 visitors in 2021

This result consolidates the trend towards recovering from the effects of the pandemic, although it represents only half of the visitors received in 2019.

The effects of the pandemic continue to be felt in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, one of the most visited tourist facilities in Blanes and the Costa Brava. 2021 closes with a total of 70,807 visitors, representing 51.82% of those received in 2019.
A closer look at visitor composition provides some interesting facts:

Top origin countries in 20212021 % Total 2019 Position2019 % Contribution of visitors
1 – Catalonia44’69%217’79%
2 – France18’65%122’46%
3 – Rest of Spain9’78%64’96%
4 – Poland3’80%93’67%
5 – Germany3’75%56’86%
6 – Holland2’75%74.69%
7 – Belgium1’38%131’17%
8 – Russia0’89%311’45%

Therefore, it is worth noting the significant influx of local users who have visited Marimurtra during 2021, both from the Principality itself and from the nearest areas of France. In all, two out of every three visitors to Marimurtra have come from these two areas of influence over the past year.

Visitants 2021 | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

 

Lights and shadows

Visitor data for the past 2021 has a double interpretation depending on whether you look at it from an optimistic or pessimistic perspective. On the one hand, they are better than the industry could expect at the beginning of the year, but on the other hand, they are still far from the ones you would like to take as a reference in 2019.

Moderately optimistic forecasts for 2022

For this year the Carl Faust Foundation has made a forecast of visitors that takes into account a certain recovery of the tourism sector but that will still place the global figures at a certain distance from the collections in 2019. In other words, we can talk about improvement , but not yet recovery.
Finally, it is worth noting that the entries represent between 60% and 70% of the income of the Carl Faust Foundation, owner and manager of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, which dedicates its efforts to the maintenance of the Botanical Garden and research projects. , conservation and dissemination of science related mainly to the field of botany.

La Fundació Carl Faust contribueix a la conservació de la flora amenaçada de Catalunya

En els darrers dos anys, en col·laboració amb la Generalitat de Catalunya, ha desenvolupat un projecte per avaluar l’estat de conservació d’espècies vegetals del litoral de Catalunya.

La conservació de la flora amenaçada és una de les principals funcions dels jardins botànics. Les col·leccions de planta viva i de material reproductor que tenen aquestes institucions són recursos fonamentals per a garantir la conservació de les espècies vegetals que es troben en perill d’extinció. Des de fa dos anys, el Jardí Botànic Marimurtra ha reprès les actuacions de conservació de flora amenaçada a Catalunya en col·laboració amb la Direcció General de Polítiques Ambientals i Medi Natural del Departament d’Acció Climàtica, Alimentació i Agenda Rural de la Generalitat de Catalunya. S’ha desenvolupat un projecte que ha tingut com a objectius millorar els coneixements i avaluar l’estat de conservació de nou espècies vegetals característiques dels ambients costaners i aquàtics, les quals, en el marc de l’Estratègia Catalana de Conservació de Flora, estan considerades com a prioritàries.

Per a totes aquestes espècies s’han localitzat i verificat les poblacions conegudes, s’han recollit llavors per incorporar al banc de germoplasma del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, així com també material d’herbari per tenir constància de les localitzacions, s’ha fet una cerca exhaustiva de l’existència de poblacions ex situ en altres institucions i s’ha compilat la informació disponible sobre el seu cultiu ex situ.

Per a una de les espècies, Reseda hookeri, fins ara considerada en estat crític (CR) i una de les espècies clau del projecte, s’ha comprovat que té una àrea de distribució més extensa del que se sabia fins ara, s’ha fet una descripció de l’hàbitat i s’han seleccionat possibles localitats on fer-hi introduccions i així poder millorar el seu estat de conservació. Els resultats i la informació generada són una passa més en la implementació de l’Estratègia Catalana de Conservació de Flora. Ara es disposa de dades actualitzades sobre aquestes espècies, la qual servirà per actuar millor en la seva conservació.

Tribute to Francis Hallé

50th Anniversary of Plant Architecture

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first writings of Hallé and Oldeman on the architecture of plants, Sello Arboleda and the Carl Faust Foundation (Marimurtra Botanical Garden) present a series of events of homage and recognition to one of the great figures of contemporary botany.

These activities are designed both to disseminate the content of Francis Hallé’s research and research among the general public as well as the technical and expert in the field. That is why different types of proposals adapted to different levels of botanical knowledge are offered.

Activities:

Exhibition ’50 years of The architecture of plants

The exhibition, open to all audiences aims to be a tour and tribute to the botanist F. Hallé with the excuse of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book L’Architecture et la dynamique de growth des arbres tropicaux (Hallé & Oldeman) also collecting some of the successes of his professional career in the study of tropical plants and forests.

Some of the explanatory panels include his biography and editorials, focusing on some of his most representative works such as The canopy pond, the film Il était une forêt and his new project Pour la forêt primarie.

The other panels accompany the visitor in explaining the foundations and principles of plant architecture, as well as the 24 tree models currently defined, and invite you to view some of these models in front of the specimen located in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden .

This exhibition can be seen and visited along the route of the Botanical Garden through a series of explanatory panels located in front of some of the most outstanding tree specimens in Marimurtra.

Download the exhibition leaflet in pdf by clicking here

  • Francis Hallé | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Technical conference

Drawing workshop with one of the great masters of the study of trees.

Registration: https://selloarboleda.org/dibujando-la-arquitectura-de-los-arboles-con-francis-halle-13-noviembre-2021-presencial-y-online

9.30Welcome and accreditations
10:00Home workshop: conference ‘The architecture of plants’
11:00Coffe-Break
11:30Home classroom drawing workshop
13:00Lunch
14:30Drawing workshop in the Garden
16:00Review classroom drawing workshop
17:30End of drawing workshop
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Volunteer program 2021/22 in Marimurtra

This week we welcome two international volunteers belonging to the European Solidarity Corps program.

Two international volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps join the Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Two new volunteers have recently joined Marimurtra. They come from Germany and are part of the “Volunteers for a Green Future” project, coordinated together with the German organization Naturkultur, e.V. and part of the European Solidarity Corps program.

The Carl Faust Private Foundation, the host organization for this project, owner and manager of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, is hosting two volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps from October 1st to June. This European program aims to offer young people the opportunity to participate in volunteer projects that benefit the host community, as well as provide them with high-level non-formal learning.

During their stay, the volunteers take part in garden activities related to sustainable conservation, education and scientific dissemination and applied research carried out in Marimurtra. In addition, thanks to the collaboration with the Consortium for Linguistic Normalization (CNL), volunteers will participate in a basic level Catalan course to facilitate their integration in our country.

This is the third time that Marimurtra participates in the ESC program by hosting volunteers, thus continuing the presence of international volunteers at its facilities in a program linked to the already consolidated European Union.

Make your movie in Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Children’s workshop on cinema and abstract animation at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden (October 9 | 10.00 am to 2.00 pm)

If your children have skills and talent for images … if your children have an artist inside and if they are between 7 and 12 years old, we propose an abstract creation workshop to experiment, discover and express their concerns.

The proposal of this activity guided by prestigious visual artists, is to create a collective video that will participate in the forthcoming Punto y Raya Junior Festival on October 22nd and 23rd. An excellent way to discover the shapes, textures and colors that nature hides and that you can find in Marimurtra.

The, the aim of the activity is to create a collaborative video between all the members of the group that will take part in the final of the Punto y Raya Junior Festival on October 22nd and 23rd in Poland. Therefore, in Marimurtra we will discover different patterns, shapes and colors and from the exploration of this diversity that nature offers us, children will capture images and together, with the help of an expert, they will create audiovisual resources. .This workshop will be directed by the plastic artist Anita Garcia and will consist of two parts:

  1. Exploration of abstract forms in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden and collection of images
  2. Work and reflection on the collected images

There will be a short stop between the two parties to have something for breakfast. (Registration for the workshop includes the breakfast of the participating child).

What material will be needed? It is recommended that the participating children bring a tablet or mobile phone with a camera so that they can take pictures and comment on them in groups.

Participants can be part of the workshop accompanied by parents or alone. The dynamics are thought of in both cases. The registration price includes, in any case, the ticket for the girl or boy participating and the companions (maximum 2) who want to participate in the workshop.

Workshop registration by clicking here

Punto y Raya, an international platform dedicated to production, education of the audiovisual arts in its purest state, launches the third JUNIOR call for Abstract Short Films produced by children under 7 to 12 years.

See some examples of abstract botanical shorts made by participants in previous editions of the Punto y Raya Junior festival:

Stop-Motion Animated Cactus #1: an Example of a Naturally Occurring “Bloom” from John Edmark on Vimeo.

Cauliwobbles Excerpts from Emily Scaife on Vimeo.

CRAWLER | Shroomlapses from Michael Pisano on Vimeo.

Marimurtra’s insect hostel

Conversation between Pau Bosch, designer and builder of the insect hostel, and Jordi Fàbregas, Master Gardener of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden

During 2020, the second Marimurtra insect hostel was installed in the Braun-Blanquet lake area, in the 3rd Garden (the first is located right next to the organic garden).
An insect hostel is a typical element of the gardens that fulfills many functions at the same time.
On the one hand, it offers shelter and a space to nest the pollinating insects in the garden and, therefore, it helps those insects that participate in the reproductive function of plants to find a safe and welcoming space to carry out their task. Continuing with biodiversity, it must be said that an insect hostel brings variety and biological richness to a garden precisely because it is designed from the point of view that a garden is much more than its plants, and to understand it, many other important layers must be taken into account: from the soil itself to the animals (insects, amphibians, birds, etc.) that inhabit it. In other words, the insect hostel is also part of the narrative that has led Marimurtra to quit using synthetic chemicals to respect and enhance biodiversity, human, animal and plant health and, ultimately, pave the way towards a world without products that can be harmful to life on the planet.
In the case of the insect hostel at Lake Braun-Blanquet, it can be seen that it contains two different types of spaces: holes and plant elements. The holes are the really interesting part for pollinating insects (solitary bees, etc.) as it offers them a place to nest and lay their eggs. The different plant elements that the hostel contains, on the other hand, serve as shelter for insects that find safety in the insect hostel.
Finally, we must highlight the landscape value of an insect hostel like Marimurtra’s, which becomes an outstanding element of the Botanical Garden, also becoming an aesthetically remarkable piece, with a unique design and made with proximity materials that perfectly integrate with Marimurtra.
We invite you to discover every corner of the insect hostel of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

Drawing contest with the students of the EP Carles Faust

On June 18th, the verdict of the drawing contest was made public among the 3rd grade students of the Carles Faust Primary School in Blanes.
The event is part of the commemoration of Faust’s death.
15 students took part, presenting their drawings and receiving a participant’s diploma. The winner was Isabela Garzón, who also received a Marimurtra Family Fan Card that will allow her family to visit the Botanical Garden as many times as she wants in the next year.
The drawings will also be exhibited at the entrance of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

Classe de 3er Escola Carles Faust | Concurs de Dibuix Marimurtra
Class of 3rd School Carles Faust | Marimurtra Drawing Contest
The members of the jury were:
  • Joan Planells (Patron of the Carl Faust Foundation)
  • Carla Vives (Communication Dept . Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
  • Antonio Aguilar (oldest worker of Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
  • Montse Verdaguer (Volunteer at Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
  • Anna Sans (Education Resp. at Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
These are the participating drawings … we hope you like them as much as we do!
  • Concurs de dibuix Carles Faust | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra
    Dibuix guanyador

Marimurtra pomegranate project

Recently a project has been started in Marimurtra to adapt a space in the Garden that over time has gone from being an area closed to the public to a busy area, it is the area that separates the organic garden from the main road. The collection of fruit trees in Marimurtra is currently being increased and this space has been chosen for a pomegranate plantation. These trees, which are low and deciduous, will allow the garden to receive more light when it needs it most, in winter. Of the 9 varieties of pomegranates (Punica granatum) in Marimurtra, 7 have been planted in this area, 4 of edible fruit (Mollar, Negral, Tendral Xàtiva and Provence) and 3 ornamentals (Lagreiliae, Luteum plenum  and Maxima rubra).
The original plantation consisted of Chilean palms (Jubaea chilensis) and cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens), forming an intermittent fence with these two species. To accentuate the separation there was a thuja fence (Platycladus orientalis). Thus, only one side was visitable and the back, the current area of ​​the organic garden, was accessible only to gardeners.
20 years ago, the palm grove was remodeled and an old orchard was removed. From here, and the need to offer visitors a picnic and rest area, access opens to the inner area of ​​the fence. This area was remodeled in 2016 by building a dry stone wall that structures the entire space and dividing the new vegetable garden into terraces. The tuia fence is removed and a chicken coop, an aromatic plantation and an insect hotel are built.
One of the cypress trees was cut down due to the shade it casts on the area of ​​the organic vegetable garden and the storm Gloria knocked down a second cypress tree. The rest of the cypress trees that were naturally lost have not been replaced. The last cypress, already quite old, was removed due to the renovation of the space.
So, currently, we will find in this space a combination of Chilean palms and pomegranate varieties. Experience tells us that these trees have a good growth in the Garden and in addition, the leaves and flowers are very pleasing to the eye. And let’s not forget the grenades! That apart from the goodness of the fruits, they are a natural spectacle of autumn and winter that we can all enjoy very soon in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden!

 

Coneix els voluntaris europeus de Marimurtra

Voluntaris del programa ‘European Solidarity Corps’

Simon

Em dic Simon i tinc 29 anys. Vinc d’un poble petit de  450 persones, a prop de Heidelberg, a Alemanya. Abans d’inscriure’m al programa treballava com a mestre jardiner i com a entrenador professional de feina per a persones amb menys oportunitats i tres dies a la setmana dirigia el meu propi negoci com a jardiner autònom.

Volia participar en el projecte Llavors Solidàries 2.0 per sortir una mica de les rutines de la vida quotidiana, aprendre coses sobre el treball en un jardí botànic i ajudar i donar suport als jardiners i a tots els processos.

Les meves primeres impressions sobre Marimurtra han sigut positives. Treballar en un lloc bonic al costat del mar  mediterrani amb plantes, directament davant del mar és un somni per mi. L’equip Marimurtra és agradable i familiar. De moment he après coses noves sobre les plantes mediterrànies, els insectes, les persones i l’actitud de treballar en general. Estic positiu per al futur i estic content de formar part del projecte de voluntariat i de la comunitat Marimurtra.

Stefanie

Em dic Stefanie i tinc 26 anys. Abans de venir a Blanes vivia a Osnabrück, Alemanya. Vaig estudiar ciències culturals en una ciutat propera i, després d’acabar el màster, vaig tenir el desig d’experimentar el meu propi viatge en una altra cultura i treballar en una àrea diferent amb noves tasques i gent al meu voltant. Quan vaig trobar el projecte “Llavors solidàries 2.0” al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, em va fascinar la bellesa de la natura i em va emocionar viure en un poble tan meravellós com Blanes, així que volia formar part del projecte. Les meves expectatives s’han fet realitat, m’agrada molt la feina al jardí i estic desitjant viure l’any vinent a Blanes.

Clarissa

Hola, jo em dic Clarissa,sóc d’Alemanya i tinc 18 anys. He acabat l’escola a l’estiu i vull passar un any sabàtic, abans de matricular-me a la universitat a l’estranger. Així que vaig decidir participar en un cos de solidaritat europeu i el vaig trobar online. Quan vaig arribar, em va impressionar força la zona, el jardí i, per descomptat, les platges. Per a una alemanya com jo, l’aigua  d’aquí no és  tan freda com allà. Espero aprendre un nou idioma aquí i distingir algunes bones experiències des de casa. A més, vull ser una mica més independent i decidir sobre què estudiar en un futur proper.

 

Programa de pràctiques internacionals

Zanella

El meu nom és Zanella, tinc 24 anys i sóc de França. Sempre he estat atreta per la natura i més concretament pel món de les plantes. Durant els darrers dos anys, he centrat els meus estudis en la botànica. Abans d’entrar al món laboral, veig pensar que viure una experiència a l’estranger em seria molt beneficiós, ja que podria descobrir un nou idioma, una nova cultura i altres maneres de treballar. El Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, ràpidament va captar la meva atenció per la seva bellesa i la magnificència de les col·leccions botàniques que s’hi conserven. És per això que estic molt contenta de ser aquí avui, en aquest esplèndid jardí. La seva localització amb vistes al mar i el meravellós equip que hi ha fan que sigui un lloc molt agradable per treballar-hi.

Voluntaris internacionals pertanyents al programa European Solidarity Corps a Marimurtra

Dos voluntaris internacionals pertanyents al programa ESC (European Solidarity Corps) s’incorporen al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Els voluntaris provenen d’Alemanya i la seva estada al Jardí Botànic de la Costa Brava s’allargarà durant un any

La Fundació Privada Carl Faust, propietària i gestora del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, acull des d’aquesta setmana i durant el proper any dos voluntaris que formen part del programa europeu ‘European Solidarity Corps’, creat amb l’objectiu d’oferir als joves oportunitats de participar en programes de voluntariat que beneficien la comunitat que els acull, així com proporcionar-los un aprenentatge no formal d’alt nivell. En aquest cas, la Fundació Carl Faust té en marxa la segona edició del projecte ‘Solidarity seeds in Marimurtra’ (llavors de solidaritat a Marimurtra) que ofereix als joves voluntaris un context en el qual podran aprendre en profunditat el funcionament, tan pràctic com teòric, d’un jardí botànic i de la seva relació amb el medi ambient, així com amb les diferents polítiques i tendències que en determinen la seva gestió. Hi ha més informació d’aquest programa a www.marimurtra.cat/volunteers

L’arribada dels dos voluntaris alemanys ha estat possible gràcies a la cooperació amb l’entitat d’enviament Naturkultur, que és qui es va encarregar de donar a conèixer i seleccionar els voluntaris d’entre tots els candidats que hi van optar.

Aquesta és la segona vegada que Marimurtra participa en el programa ESC acollint voluntaris, donant així continuïtat a la presència de voluntaris internacionals a les seves instal·lacions i consolidant el seu programa de voluntariat vinculat a un projecte de la Unió Europea.

Finalment, cal destacar que des de la Fundació Carl Faust també s’ofereixen altres opcions de participació i voluntariat local pensades per a la ciutadania de proximitat. En aquest context més local, hi ha prevista la participació en accions puntuals, en accions amb una durada limitada i el voluntariat de llarga durada.

Benvinguda dels voluntaris a Marimurtra (1)